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How competitive is law?

I hear a lot of people saying how hard it is to be chosen for a job in a law firm with the amount of competition there is. How do you overcome it? And, also, I heard people say it is a very toxic environment. Is that true? If so, in what way?

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Jonathan’s Answer

Law is very competitive and it can be a toxic environment. It starts in law school where people compete for grades and jobs. Part of the problem is that although there differences in capacity and believe that most lawyers know anybody can do what they do making it competitive as I am sure the guy down the street will figure to help any paying client. Needless to say it is and issue and often times details promising careers
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Debra’s Answer

Law is very competitive and if this is your desired field, approach with zeal, enthusiasm, and make a positive difference in the judicial system. I tend to stay away from generalizations and trust that there is a firm that will be right for you. Research, reach out to law firms for a shadow opportunity, and spend time reflecting and make the decision that is best for you.
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Cynthia’s Answer

not competitive.

These days you can practice law remotely at your house.
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Raul’s Answer

There is no doubt that Law is a very competitive profession. However, the best way to handle competitiveness is to focus more on your professional development rather than competing or comparing with other legal students/professionals. Never stop your self improvement process. Try to specialize in a specific area of law practice. For instance: tax, family, securities, immigration, bankruptcy, criminal, etc. The more specialized you get the more valuable you will be. You are going to face toxic environments and people regardless which profession/industry you are in. You should not be discouraged to follow Law because you will have to deal with toxic people or situations.
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